• On Mar 3, 2011
    Katie from IA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Just wondered if you recommend taking your purse into the theme parks or carrying a backpack? And, if I carried a backpack with money and other things in it, can I take it on rides? Thanks!

    Hi Katie,

    Over the years that I've visited the parks (which will be 40 magical years later this year), I have carried both purses & backpacks into the parks. I think it all depends on what you'll be taking in. I like to roll as hands free as possible at Disney World.

    When I was younger & didn't need to carry as many things around as I do now, I carried a small purse with a long shoulder strap. I really only needed money, park ticket, credit card, phone, Chap Stick & Brush. Now, I don't know how I survived only carrying those few items.

    These days, I always carry a backpack - nothing too large but one with several compartments to keep me organized so that I can quickly put my hands on things. I went to a sporting goods store & got one that has wider & padded straps that would be more comfortable for all day use. 

    If traveling during the cooler months, I roll up our jackets & put them at the bottom. I also throw in some snacks & disposable ponchos if it looks like rain. I keep my camera & Park Maps in one of the outer compartments.  It also has a space for a water bottles.

    I carry a small wallet with my money & put our tickets in it as well so I have all of that in one place. I always keep it in an easily accessible compartment as well. Make sure you put your name & cell phone number of each (backpack, camera, etc.).

    You will be able to take your backpack on the rides. The downside to a backpack is that you have to slip it off every time you sit down in a seat with a back. The small purse was easier to deal with in that aspect because I never had to take it off.

    If you can travel light enough for a small purse - go for it. If not, a backpack is a good alternative to a larger purse that may constantly fall off your shoulder & get in the way.

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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